Pot dealer gets DUI, sent to jail for probations

Cary Ashby • Jul 30, 2013 at 9:07 AM

A Willard woman who was convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) will be "unsuccessfully terminated" from probation after serving a short jail term.

Brandie Barnett, 22, of 590 Ridge Drive, admitted Monday to violating her Huron County Common Pleas Court probation by being charged and convicted later of DUI. The state Highway Patrol handled the June 7 traffic stop; Barnett later was convicted in Mansfield Municipal Court.

Also, Barnett admitted to another probation violation -- being kicked out of the substance abuse program July 24.

Probation officer Dexter Chandler told Judge Jim Conway the defendant had been doing well on the program since early February 2011. However, the officer also said Barnett's failure to maintain her sobriety, which includes a local DUI on Feb. 17, 2012, violates the goal of the program.

For the local DUI, Barnett was convicted March 27, 2012 in Norwalk Municipal Court. She was fined $750 and given a six-month driver's license suspension. The judge suspended 87 of 90 days in the Huron County Jail, credited her with serving three days behind bars and placed her on two years of probation, according to court records.

Barnett's underlying conviction in common pleas court is trafficking in marijuana.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo, in 2011, said Barnett didn't commit the June 3, 2010 offense on her own and the case "had more to do with her boyfriend than anything else." Longo didn't elaborate.

Barnett, who was pregnant when she was sentenced in 2011, was fined $250 and placed on three years of probation. She had been undergoing counseling for substance abuse in Ashland.

At Monday's hearing, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper agreed with Chandler's assessment that Barnett couldn't get any "further benefits" from probation. The prosecutor requested the defendant be "unsuccessfully terminated" from probation after serving a 30-day sentence in jail.

"Thank you for the opportunity for drug court," said Barnett, whose jail term started effective about 22 days ago.

Conway told Barnett she came into the program with a lot of enthusiasm, but added: "You weren't thinking obviously with the DUI."

The judge encouraged Barnett to use the lessons she learned from the program.

"Don't throw them aside," Conway said. "Good luck to you."

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